Doubling of Arctic methane with earlier spring rains from warming in the Arctic

Arctic Bogs Hold Another Global Warming Risk That Could Spiral Out of Control: As warming brings earlier spring rains in the Arctic, more permafrost thaws, releasing more methane in a difficult-to-stop feedback loop, research shows. By Phil McKenna Inside Climate News, FEB 19, 2019 The study appears in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. A doubling of the rate of methane released in the Arctic …

Socio-politico-economic genesis of climate breakdown is Late Capitalism, defined by Ernest Mandel as “Increasing commodification and industrialization of more, and more, sectors of human life” as the social fabric splits apart, delineating “haves” versus “have-nots.”

“We’ve had 28 years of abject failure on climate change. It’s not that we haven’t brought emissions down. It’s just that we’ve watched them go up. In fact, since 2000, the rate at which they’ve gone up is even faster than the 1990s, as Dr. Kevin Anderson recently said.  For starters: (1) The top 10% carbon polluters in the world …

Looming Water Shortage: New Report Predicts The Impact Of Climate Change On Nepal’s Mountains May Be Much Worse Than We Thought

TERRIFYING ASSESSMENT OF A HIMALAYAN MELTING: New Report Predicts The Impact Of Climate Change On Nepal’s Mountains May Be Much Worse Than We Thought. By Kunda Dixit, Nepalitimes.com February 5, 2019 While the global media’s attention is on the Greenland ice sheet, the Arctic and eastern Antarctica, a landmark report released this week shows that the Himalaya will face catastrophic meltdown during this …

As Himalayas melt, US kids in Juliana case, Youth v. Gov, demand a climate recovery plan, and in the interim, an injunction against fossil fuel permitting

Fossil fuels produced on federal land, which is overseen by the Interior Department resulted in 23% of the nation’s emissions in 2014, and production has increased significantly since then. The Juliana v. United States (#youthvgov) lawsuit charges that the federal government is violating the plaintiffs’ Constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by promoting an energy system that exacerbates climate change the …

Colorado climate change impacts

What’s At Stake:  Human disruption of the climate puts at the risk the very values that make Colorado such a special place to live, to work, to enjoy. From the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization (RMCO) Climate change: Already happening In Colorado, temperatures so far this century have been 1.3°F hotter than in the last three decades of the last century. …

Hurricanes strengthening faster. Counting only natural disasters over $1 billion, NASA tallies $91 billion in costs in 2018. Last 3 years have seen double the previous average.

Hurricanes are strengthening faster in the Atlantic, and climate change is a big reason why, scientists say: A startling study says that devastating storms that intensify rapidly are becoming more common. By Chris Mooney & Brady Dennis, Washington Post, Feb 7, 2019 Over a 28-year period from 1982 to 2009, the percentage of Atlantic storms that rapidly intensified had tripled, the study found. …

Drones, Seeds, & Fires: How DroneSeed Plants Trees From The Sky

Drones, Seeds, & Fires: How DroneSeed Plants Trees From The Sky, by Erika Clugston in Clean Technica, February 8th, 2019 Tree planters are superheros, according to DroneSeed founder and CEO, Grant Canary. In one day, a person manually replanting trees will burn the caloric equivalent of two marathons. Wow. It follows that such labor-intensive work is difficult to implement on a large scale, without the time …

In December, 415 investors put out a statement warning that unabated climate change could cause $23 trillion in global economic destruction over the next 80 years.

The Next Financial Crisis Could Be Caused by Climate Change: After wildfires bankrupted a major utility, there’s concerns that more severe natural disasters will lead to economic devastation, Geoff Dembicki,VICE, Jan 27 2019 A bike docking station during 2017’s Hurricane Irma in Miami, one of many severe weather events that were likely made worse by climate change. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty …

New Study Finds Food Shocks Becoming More Frequent Due to Extreme Weather, Conflict

JANUARY 28, 2019 “Food shocks” — sudden disruptions of food production — have become more frequent over the last half-century, driven by an increase in extreme weather events and geopolitical instability, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Sustainability. Led by researchers at the University of Tasmania, the study examined 226 food production shocks across 134 countries between 1961 …